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Entertaining at Home [Kindle Edition]

Rachel Allen
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Bestselling TV cook Rachel Allen brings her down-to-earth style and easy-to-follow recipes to entertaining in this, her ‘Entertaining At Home’ cookbook.

Even the most confident of cooks can find preparing food for friends and family nerve wracking. However, in this beautiful, fully illustrated cookbook, Rachel shows you how easy entertaining can be, and with her doable, delicious recipes there's no need to worry!

Whether you want to cater for a weekend dinner party, organise a fun children's party, cook for a large gathering or celebrate an anniversary with a romantic meal, Rachel will take you step-by-step through the preparation, cooking and table setting. Including both simple but stunning dishes and slightly more demanding recipes that will encourage you to stretch your culinary skills, she always keeps the novice cook in mind. Her wise words, clever hints and tips and, above all, irresistible recipes will inspire readers to cancel their dinner reservations and entertain at home – no matter what the occasion or number of people.

Recipes Include
* Tagliatelle with smoked salmon and avocado
* Pork rillettes
* Sweet rotato and chickpea tagine
* Slow roast ginger and citrus shoulder of pork
* Peaches with mascarpone, walnuts and honey
* Crab, chorizo and anchovy toast
* Raspberry and amaretto tart


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‘Fancy a casual supper with your family or a big feast to mark a special occasion? TV cook Rachel Allen has a recipe to suit. She takes you from preparation to table with minimum fuss, plenty of tips and menu ideas for dinners, brunches and lunches, cocktails and desserts.’ – Waitrose Kitchen

Reviews for Previous Title

‘A natural TV chef: relaxed, articulate and knowledgeable’ – Sunday Times

‘With her finely-etched patrician features and delicious recipes, Rachel manages to do what the buxom Nigella Lawson never could. She makes us believe we can do what she does…’ – Irish Post

‘We’re big fans of Rachel Allen here at Delicious.’ – Delicious Magazine

‘Food for real people’ – Irish Examiner

‘The book I've taken to most this season is by the Irish Nigella (except prettier, blonde and a better cook), Rachel Allen. Her BAKE is simply and engagingly written: one irresistible thing after another’ – Melanie McDonagh, Evening Standard

‘As wholesome and attractive as its charming author, (…) it is well thought out and accessibly written, with the emphasis on relaxed family meals. (…) Ideal for anyone who needs to cook on a regular basis but hasn’t much experience.’ – Sunday Telegraph on Homecooking

Review

‘Fancy a casual supper with your family or a big feast to mark a special occasion? TV cook Rachel Allen has a recipe to suit. She takes you from preparation to table with minimum fuss, plenty of tips and menu ideas for dinners, brunches and lunches, cocktails and desserts.’ – Waitrose Kitchen

Reviews for Previous Title

‘A natural TV chef: relaxed, articulate and knowledgeable’ – Sunday Times

‘With her finely-etched patrician features and delicious recipes, Rachel manages to do what the buxom Nigella Lawson never could. She makes us believe we can do what she does…’ – Irish Post

‘We’re big fans of Rachel Allen here at Delicious.’ – Delicious Magazine

‘Food for real people’ – Irish Examiner

‘The book I've taken to most this season is by the Irish Nigella (except prettier, blonde and a better cook), Rachel Allen. Her BAKE is simply and engagingly written: one irresistible thing after another’ – Melanie McDonagh, Evening Standard

‘As wholesome and attractive as its charming author, (…) it is well thought out and accessibly written, with the emphasis on relaxed family meals. (…) Ideal for anyone who needs to cook on a regular basis but hasn’t much experience.’ – Sunday Telegraph on Homecooking


Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5034 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Collins (30 Sept. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0044DE96U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #246,237 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Rachel Allen was brought up in Dublin and at the age of eighteen left to study at the prestigious Ballymaloe Cookery School. Today, she not only teaches at the school, she also writes regular features for national publications, presents highly acclaimed television programmes which have been broadcast internationally and in her spare time authors bestselling cookery books.

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68 of 69 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Truly Beautiful Entertaining Cookbook 28 Sept. 2010
By KM
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I've been hoping Rachel would do a book like this for a few years now. Last years book about home cooking was a great book for just that. This one is home cooked food, but geared up a bit for entertaining friends and family. Oh and it's lovely! Gorgeous recipes, pretty layout and really beautiful pictures of food and table settings.

Rachel has a real knack of being able to talk readers and cooks through recipes and processes so that they are calm and easy. This book is no different, her voice comes through strongly. The entertaining in this book can be casual and easy going, or you can put in a bit more effort and time and have something worthy of that event we all have at some time - the Special Occasion.

Chapters are Brunches and Lunches, Casual Meals, Eating Outdoors, Canapes and Small Bites, Small Celebrations, Dinner Parties, Larger Gatherings and The Buffet Party.

Here are some of the many recipes I can't wait to try. On the Savoury side: (marinated) Halloumi and Greek Salad with Roasted Pita Wedges, Pan Grilled Chicken Breasts with Basil Cream and Roast Cherry Tomatoes, Steak au Poivre, Coq au vin, Roasted Vegetable Coconut Curry, Fragrant Coconut Prawns, Baked Beetroot Risotto with Parmesan Crisps, Winter Herb and Sausage Pasta, Cassoulet and also a selection of great marinades for BBQs. Sweet wise: Orange Meringue Roulade, Pistachio and Cranberry Chocolates, Chocolate crème Brulees, Maple Pecan Toffee Tart, Blackberry Mousse, Peach Jelly Pannacotta Pots and last but by no means least the amazing sounding Salted Caramel Chocolate Tart.

This is a beautiful book full of fabulous recipes, some very classic and some with a little Rachel twist. It's quite simply a gorgeous entertaining book.
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
What a book - typically Rachel - down-to-earth and passionate!

Between Rachel on the front cover and the 'Raspberry and Amaretto Tart' on the back, we find a splendid mix of recipes, where old favourites such as 'Steak au Poivre', 'Roast Pork with Apple Sauce' and 'Coq au Vin' mingle with the, perhaps, lesser well-known 'Thai Noodle Broth', 'Game Terrine with Celeraic Remoulade', and 'Spinach Soup with Rosemary Oil'.
Whether casually serving 2 or more formally entertaining 12, there is something for all occasions, with all levels of ability catered for and Rachel's gently authoritative but unassuming personality rings out, throughout.

From the back cover:-

'Sharing irresistible food and having fun with those you love is what Entertaining at Home: Inspiring recipes for all occasions is all about. It's as simple as that!
Whether you want a casual supper with your nearest and dearest or a big feast to mark a special occasion, Rachel gives you all the inspiring ideas and achievable, delicious recipes you'll need to make any meal a celebration.'

Measuring in around 25.25 cm x 19.75 cm x 3 cm, this is a chunky tome of 352 quality pages, split over main chapters:-

* Brunches and lunches (pg 14-61)
* Casual meals (pg 64-85)
* Eating outdoors (pg 88-119)
* Canapés and small bites (pg122-153)
* Small celebrations (2-4 people) (pg 156-201)
* Dinner parties (4-8 people) (pg 204-263)
* Larger gatherings (8-12 people) (pg 266-313)
* The buffet party (pg 316-343)

sandwiched between an introduction and an 8-page index, with Rachel in her yellow marigolds winding up the very last page - the acknowledgements!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice to look at....but dissapointing. 30 April 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I was rather disappointed with this book.
I had ordered this and the Mary Berry & Lucy Young 'Cook up a feast' book for inspiration when I was planning a casual drinks/supper evening for a group of friends. They are very different books as the Mary Berry volume is really geared up for entertaining for a crowd with no-nonsense friendly guidance and a real 'can do' approach which makes you want to get started and try everything!
This book is a much more sophisticated take on simple 'entertaining' for a select small group of friends (though obviously recipes can easily be doubled for higher numbers). There are sections for brunches, casual meals, outdoor eating as well as dinner party ideas and suggestions for larger gatherings.
I will definitely use this book at some point, it's just that it didn't grab me! It's all lovely to look at, floating you beautifully through it's pages...but I know I won't reach for this as often as my VERY well worn Nigella, Lynne Bedford Hall, Mary Berry, Nigel Slater & Tamasin Day-Lewis beauties!!
I also have 'Rachels favourite food at home' so should have known what to expect- another lovely book (though almost too many scene setting photos of the chef!)- just, somehow, lacking a passion. It's gone onto the shelf for now.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful for guests 3 April 2011
Format:Hardcover
What can I say about this book. If your looking for something to dip into when cooking for friends and loved ones, this book is wonderful. The food is not complicated yet elegant and and tasty. It also has lots of vegetarian dishes, so no problem catering for all. It is also presented beautifully so is great for flipping through. The only downside is that this isn't what I would call an everyday cookery book, but that is ok, I have lots of those.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Lovely book
Published 28 days ago by Suewheatley
4.0 out of 5 stars Very inspirational
It was better tan expected. For me, her best book is CAKE, and others I have got from her didn't reach the same level. But this one does. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Cookatheart
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Easy to follow, wonderful recipes.
Published 5 months ago by sheilaket
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
fantastic book as all her others. love amazon prices
Published 5 months ago by MARGARET M. MURPHY
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book.
Published 5 months ago by Joden
2.0 out of 5 stars Not enough recipe pictures!
this book is so annoying! lots of useless pictures and not many useful pictures of the recipes!
Some nice recipes but no pictures!
Published 20 months ago by Melanie
3.0 out of 5 stars great recipes, poor design
I enjoy Rachel Allen's recipes and they usually work. Some really interesting stuff here, but considering the original price of £25 it is poorly illustrated; why so many recipes... Read more
Published on 23 July 2013 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great recipes
Great variety of recipes for lots of kinds of events. Occasionally hard to locate specific recipes for certain courses as for example desserts are in each section as opposed to all... Read more
Published on 10 May 2013 by BB
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good But Not the Best
The book gives clear, workable recipes but probably isn't Rachel's best. Worth buying if you're not familiar with Rachel's work.
Published on 7 April 2013 by Caro Mio
4.0 out of 5 stars Really Good Book
Bought this as gift for my partner. She absolutely loves it and the results she is getting from the recipes contained within are excellent. Read more
Published on 28 Dec. 2012 by Paul486
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